Project Ragnar Conversion Takes Shape at Icon Yachts
by Miranda Blazeby
New photos show the conversion of 68.2 metre luxury explorer yacht Project Ragnar taking shape at Dutch yard Icon Yachts.
The boat, which was previously an icebreaker called Sanaborg is being converted into a luxury explorer. Built in 2012 from a steel hull, Sanaborg is being given an extreme makeover with interior and exterior styling from British design studio RWD.
In new photos, Project Ragnar's aft helipad and toy storage areas can be seen taking shape at the yard's Harlingen facility. When completed, the yacht will have the space to store a Luxury Ripsaw EV2, Eurocopter EC145 helicopter, two eight-metre tenders, a sea explorer submarine and two laser sailing boats.
It comes after the in-progress yacht first entered the shed in July 2017.
Icon Yachts previously said that the aim of the conversion was to balance British heritage and medieval warship design influences with sleek modern lines. When complete, Project Ragnar will boast an Ice Class A1 hull, ideal for global exploration, particularly in high latitude areas.
Fully LY3 compliant, her accommodation will allow for 16 guests split across eight cabins, including two owner’s suites. Standout features will include a superyacht spa, complete with massage room and snow room, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.
Power will come from a pair of PC5 diesel electric pod-drive engines that will allow for a maximum cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles. In a statement, the yard previously said: “Originally built to confront rough weather conditions, she actually has a surplus of power. She is strong as a rhino disguised as a swan.”